Italy

Italian wines are made with the aim of partnering Italy's rich and varied cuisine; subtle flavors work in harmony with the food without making too bold a statement.

The surface of the vineyard is 1 700 000 acres.

Italian people are consuming on average 45L of wines per year and per person.

Piedmont,

Extending from the Alps to the plain of Pô, Piemont displays many different exceptional wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco.

The major grape varieties are Barbera, Moscato, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo

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Veneto,

Veneto, in north east Italy, stretches westwards from Lake Garda and north to the Alps and Austria.

Veneto is among the foremost wine-producing regions, both for quality and quantity. The region counts over 20 DOC zones and a variety of sub-categories, many of its wines, both dry and Spumanti, are internationally known and appreciated.

The three most well known DOCs are Bardolino, Valpolicella and Soave.

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Tuscany,

Tuscany lies on the central-western Italian coast of the Mediterranean and includes Florence and other fine winemaking cities. It competes with Piemonte to give to Italy its best wines.

The most famous grape of Tuscany is Sangiovese, from which Chianti and di Montalcino wines are produced.

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Abruzzi,

Coast and mountains come together in the Abruzzo wine region of central Italy. Abruzzo produces just one DOCG and three DOC wines.

The four DOC produced in Abruzzo are the Contro Guerra, Trebbiano d'Abruzzo, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo and Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Colline Teramane.

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Friuli,

Friuli wine is wine made in the northeastern Italian region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia. Around 62% of the wine produced in the region is under a DOC designation. The region is known predominantly for its white wines which are considered some of the best examples of Italian wine.

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Sicily,

Sicily has more vineyards than any of the other Italian regions. With Ampulia, Sicily is the largest wine producer.

Sicily is renowned for the many outstanding dessert wines, such as the world-famous Marsala.

Though dessert wines account for about 90% of the total DOC production.

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Umbria,

Umbria has long been renowned for white wine, thanks mainly to the historical prominence of Orvieto. The region has an aptitude for a multitude of varieties, white and red, native and foreign. The region's two DOCG wines, Montefalco Sagrantino and Torgiano Rosso Riserva, are red.

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